The Del Mar Country Club is one of the premier country clubs in Southern California. The club is privately owned by Madeleine Ann Pickens whose passion for golf was instilled in her by her father, Bill Baker. Mr. Baker, an Englishman and renowned golf course architect, built his first golf course in Kirkuk, Iraq. It was there that he cut down his clubs to fit 5 year old Madeleine in order to teach her the game of golf. Mr. Baker’s legacy of developing stunning courses throughout Europe indelibly shaped his daughter, Madeleine, into the golf enthusiast, business woman and philanthropist she is today.